Archives: January 2010
I was a lot more thrilled to tell you all that TheWrap was one year old about 12 hours ago, before we went through an agonizing four-hour site downage (I made that word up, we do that occasionally) that resulted from moving servers and upgrading our technical infrastructure, or at least trying to.
But here’s the good news: The reason we’re having technical challenges is because we’ve outgrown the site that we built a year ago. That’s thrilling, though temporarily frustrating, as we try to run and catch up to our own size.
What no open bar?! Who do they think we are?…Oh yeah…right…professional journalists.
SPJ-LA MIXER: THE ROAD FROM FACT TO FICTION
TUESDAY, JAN. 26
Writer TJ Sullivan has traveled the road from journalism to book author and will share his insights at a Society of Professional Journalists’ mixer on Jan. 26 in downtown LA.
Sullivan has written for several publications, including the Los Angeles Times, and is a contributor at LAObserved.com. He’s also the author of “Boon,” the story of a young newspaper reporter who believes in the power of truth, at least until she tries to buy a house in the suburbs of LA.
The mixer is free and open to all! Please let us know you’re coming by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of
information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and
educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. To learn more about SPJ-LA, visit our Web site: spjla.wordpress.com
John Burnett at NPR’s All Things Considered did a story about the Haitian earthquake celebrating bravery, heroism and fortitude. Not for the rescue workers or doctors but for the employees at the only operational radio station, Signal FM 90.5.
Listen/read the whole story here.
In an eerie twist Burnett reports:
When the quake struck at 4:53 p.m. on Jan. 12, Signal FM was playing “Hotel California.” The Earth groaned and the building shuddered, but just before the DJ ran out, he had the presence of mind to hit the “repeat” button.
So for the first 30 minutes of Port-au-Prince’s descent into hell, the only thing you could hear on the radio was the Eagles’ standard – over and over and over.
When we first saw the headline we thought,”They need to get new hobbies in Texas.” But alas, it’s Riverside County, which is like Texas only backwards and Sierra Nevada adjacent. But no, it’s Riverside County. The last national story about the area east of LA, was when a Republican women’s group president sent out a picture of then candidate Barack Obama on food stamps with watermelon and Kool-Aid in their monthly newsletter.
Now, they’ve pulled dictionaries for – wait for it – having a word in it.
LAT David Kelly writes:
“The dictionaries have not been banned,” said Betti Cadmus, a spokeswoman for the Menifee Union School District in conservative southwest Riverside County on Monday. “There was a growing concern by parents that some of the words were not age-appropriate.”
A panel of parents, teachers and administrators will meet later this week to comb the dictionary for potentially graphic words or definitions and issue a report within a month.
“They will determine the extent to which the dictionaries support the curriculum, the age appropriateness of the materials and its suitability for the age levels of the students,” Cadmus said. “It’s not going to be an arbitrary decision.”
Read the whole story here.
Paparazzi photographer Richard Terry, the subject of a profile by Neon Tommy, was a house painter before Hollywood gossip site X17 hired him to follow and photograph celebrities in Los Angeles. X17 also employees as paparazzi a former member of the notoriously violent Brazilian police force, and a homeless Vietnam vet. Well, the vet was homeless when X17 first lent him a camera – he now has an apartment in Bel-Air.
These amateurs with cameras are raking it in, Neon Tommy reports:
[X17 co-founder Brandy Navarre] said X17′s regular, L.A.-based photographers usually make anywhere from $800 to $3000 per week, depending on their output. This is about half as much as they made in 2007, Navarre said, thanks to the economy and Britney Spears‘ newfound sanity.
Just to put that in perspective, the average annual salary of a photojournalist – the kind of photographer who has years of formal training and covers hard news – is $28,275.
Previously on FBLA:
Media Jobs Rank Pretty Low In New Report